Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism

NECSS 2019 will feature four full days of presentations, panels, workshops, and more featuring dozens of speakers from the worlds of both science and skepticism.

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Early bird discount available until June 14th.

What is NECSS?

The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (pronounced “nexus”) is a science and critical thinking conference held annually in New York City. NECSS welcomes leading scientists, educators, activists, and artists who educate and engage conference attendees through individual presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and performance pieces. NECSS is as much a meeting of minds as it is a conference, and social events and mixers are organized throughout the weekend to allow attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Who is NECSS for?

NECSS is for everyone! NECSS attracts hundreds of people, from all different walks of life, from around the world. It is a forum for the general public to mingle with scientists, educators, philosophers, medical professionals, students, and many other people that you might not ordinarily meet. Everyone can find something of interest during these four days of conversation!

What Else?

Now in its 11th year, NECSS is produced by New York City Skeptics, the New England Skeptical Society, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and The Society for Science-Based Medicine. NECSS attracts hundreds of people from all walks of life from around the world. Presenters include scientists, educators, philosophers, entertainers, activists, and authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each of whom will share their unique perspective with conference attendees.

2019 Speakers

Meet our speakers, panelists, and workshop presenters

Carl Zimmer

Keynote Speaker

Our Keynote Speaker, Carl Zimmer is ....

    Leighann Lord

    Emcee, comedian, writer, and actress

    Leighann Lord was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for

      Mary Roach

      Author, Science Communication

        Paul Offit

        Pediatrician and co-inventor of rotavirus vaccine

          Heather Berlin

          Cognitive Neuroscientist

          Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount S

            Evan Bernstein

            Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

            Evan Bernstein is a co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and The Skeptics Guide 5×5 podcasts. He serves as the C

              Spiro Condos

              Dentist/skeptical activist

              Spiro Condos is a dentist in private practice in NYC and an associate clinical professor at NYU teaching post-graduate implan

                Russ Dobler

                Science Editor for AiPT! Comics

                Russ Dobler has a degree in geophysics and a certificate in journalism, which he combines in his role as Science Editor for t

                  Liz Gaston


                    Debbie Goddard

                    Vice President, Programs at American Atheists

                      David Gorski

                      Science-Based Medicine

                        George Hrab


                        Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and defender of the theory of gravity George Hrab has traveled

                          Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

                          Author, Medical Writer, Adjunct Professor

                          Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH is an educator and medical writer whose articles have appeared in national publications includi

                            Andrea Jones-Rooy

                            Demystifying Data Science

                              Nathan Lents

                              Evolutionary biologist, author, professor

                              Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. is Professor of Biology at John Jay College of the City University of New York.

                                Matthew Liao


                                  Brant MacDuff

                                  Taxidermist and wildlife educator

                                  Brant MacDuff is a taxidermist and wildlife educator. He has been to that Bunny Island in Japan and says it's awesome.

                                    Bob Novella

                                    Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                      Jay Novella

                                      Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                      Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer and co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, a top 10 sci

                                      Jocelyn Novella

                                      Clinical Mental Health Counselor

                                        Steven Novella

                                        Neurologist and Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                        Dr. Steve Novella is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the president and co-found

                                        Aaron Rabinowitz

                                        Philosopher, Ethicist, Podcast Host

                                        Aaron Rabinowitz currently serves as the Philosopher in Residence for the Rutgers Honors College, and teaches through the Rut

                                        Neville Sanjana


                                        Neville Sanjana, PhD, is a Core Faculty Member at the New York Genome Center and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bi

                                          Cara Santa Maria

                                          Science Communication and Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                          Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television

                                          Eric Walton

                                          The Psychology of Magic

                                            Brian Wecht

                                            Comedian, Musician, and Physicist

                                            Brian Wecht is a comedian, musician, and theoretical physicist.

                                            Odaelys Walwyn

                                            Microbiologist, Immunologist, and Educator





                                              2019 Schedule

                                              Draft Schedule Subject to Change

                                              9:30am - 10am
                                              12:45pm - 2:15pm
                                              LUNCH (on your own)
                                              Jay Novella & Brian Wecht
                                              9:30am - 10am
                                              12:45pm - 2:15pm
                                              LUNCH (on your own)
                                              3:45pm - 5pm
                                              How to be Skeptical About Your Health Care
                                              8pm - 12am
                                              Drinking Skeptically
                                              7:00PM – 9:00PM
                                              Real/Fake Science

                                              Real/Fake Science

                                              NECSS ventures into Brooklyn for this interactive performance. Real/Fake Science features six presenters and six topics, some will be fabricated and some factual, some scientists and some charlatans. Faced with uncertainty can you sort the fact from the fiction?.


                                              • Date: Thursday July 11
                                              • Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM)
                                              • Registration: ($35 early bird pricing)
                                              • Location: The Pine Box (12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY 11206)*

                                              At this one-of-a-kind interactive mystery science event participants are invited to surf the line between fact and fiction. Cunning presenters will confound you with their alternate facts and surprising truths. Join fellow skeptics and prepare to be regaled with tales of real and fake science, recounted by knowledgeable presenters hailing from a range of scientific disciplines. Participants will compete for the distinction of Most Discerning! The science will be fantastic and some will be phony! Be prepared to listen closely and keep your smartphones and internet gadgets stowed away.

                                              *Located a short 15 minute ride across the river into Brooklyn!

                                              10AM - 12PM
                                              SGU Private Show
                                              11AM - 1PM
                                              1:10PM - 1:55PM
                                              David Gorski: Science Based Medicine: Cancer Quackery and Fake News: Targeting the Most Vulnerable
                                              2PM - 2:45PM
                                              Odaelys Walwyn: Illusion of Accessibility in STEM
                                              Host: Brian Wecht, with George Hrab (more tba)
                                              8:00pm - 10:00pm
                                              SGU Extravaganza
                                              The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
                                              10:00pm - 12:00am
                                              Drinking Skeptically
                                              8AM - 9AM
                                              9:10AM - 9:55AM
                                              Paul Offit: Science Based Medicine presents: The Vaccine Wars
                                              10AM - 10:45AM
                                              Debbie Goddard
                                              Steve Novella, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria
                                              12PM - 1:30PM
                                              LUNCH (on your own)
                                              4:30PM - 5:30PM
                                              Carl Zimmer KEYNOTE: Heredity: Its Powers, Perversions, and Potential
                                              8pm - 10pm
                                              NECSS Social
                                              8AM - 9AM
                                              9:05AM - 9:50AM
                                              Steven Novella: Science Based Medicine: The Truth about the Opiate Crisis
                                              9:55AM - 10:40AM
                                              Andrea Jones-Rooy: Why Democracy is Mathematically Hard
                                              10:50AM - 11:35AM
                                              Randi Hutter Epstein: Aroused: A History of Hormone Healers & Hucksters
                                              12:30PM - 2PM
                                              LUNCH (on your own)
                                              Steve Novella, Neville Sanjana, Matthew Liao
                                              4:30PM - 5:15PM
                                              Brant MacDuff: A Brief History of Taxidermy

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                                              Register Today!

                                              NECSS 2019 early bird registration is now open! Discount pricing is available until June 14th.

                                              Register Today!

                                              NECSS 2019 early bird registration is now open! Discount pricing is available until June 14th.

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